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June 2020 Update
  Summer 2020 Learning Assignments AP_Government_and_Politics_Summer_Assignment_LeColst
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AP Government and Politics Summer Assignment
Course Description from AP College Board

“AP U.S. Government and Politics is an introductory college-level course in U.S. government and politics. Students cultivate their understanding of U.S. government and politics through analysis of data and text- based sources as they explore topics like constitutionalism, liberty and order, civic participation in a representative democracy, competing policy-making interests, and methods of political analysis.”
The 9 Foundational Documents 
The AP U.S. Government and Politics course features nine required foundational documents to help students understand the philosophies of the founders and their critics.  All students are required to know these documents.  They will be used throughout the course and they are all on the AP exam.  Students need to read these documents over the summer.  All FRQs on the AP exam use these documents as well as 15 landmark Supreme Court cases.  All documents can be found through the links below.
These Documents are:

  1. The Declaration of Independence (www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html)
  2. The Constitution of the United States  (constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution)
  3. The Articles of Confederation (www.ushistory.org/documents/confederation.htm)
  4. Federalist No. 10 (teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/federalist-no-10/)
  5. Brutus No. 1 (teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/brutus-i/)
  6. Federalist No. 70 (teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/federalist-no-70/)
  7. Federalist No. 78 (teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/federalist-no-78/)
  8. Federalist No. 51 (teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/federalist-no-51/)
  9. “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” (By Martin Luther King, Jr) (web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Letter_Birmingham_Jail.pdf)

15 Must Know Supreme Court Cases – all cases can be found on Oyez.com

  1. Marbury v. Madison
  2. Engle V. Vitale
  3. Wisconsin v. Yoder
  4. Tinker v. Des Moines Independent community School District
  5. McCulloch v. Maryland
  6. United States v. Lopez
  7. New York Times Co. v. United States
  8. Schenk v. United States
  9. Gideon v. Wainwright
  10. Roe v. Wade
  11. McDonald v. Chicago
  12. Brown v. Board of Education
  13. Citizens United v. Federal election Commission
  14. Baker v. Carr
  15. Shaw v. Reno


  1. Read all 9 foundational documents
  2. Close read and annotate the Declaration of Independence
  3. Close read and annotate the Constitution.
  4. Read the 15 required Supreme Court cases and familiarize yourself with the constitutional arguments from each.
  5. Answer the following FRQ.  This FRQ will the the first test grade of the school year.  Plagiarism, copying, or cheating in any form will not be tolerated and will result in an automatic zero for all parties involved.

Annotation, reading guide, and FRQ are due the first week of school.   There will be a test on the summer assignment in the first full week of school.

Develop an argument that explains why the Bill of Rights needed to be added to the U.S. Constitution.  In your essay you must do the following:

  1. Articulate a defensible claim or thesis clearly stating your position
  2. Support your claim with at les TWO pieces of accurate and relevant information: at least ONE piece of the information must be from one of the following foundational documents:
    1. The Declaration of Independence
    2. Brutus No. I
  3. Use a second piece of evidence from the other document in the list about or from the Articles of Confederation
  4. Use reasoning to organize and analyze evidence, explaining its significance to justify your claim or thesis
  5. Address opposing or alternative perspectives through refutation, concession, and rebuttal.
  Remote Learning Resources and Assignments  
Erin LeColst - Social Studies - AP Government  
AP Government
1) You have to complete Unit 5 - Political Participation
2) In your text book "Government in America", students are to read Chapters 10, 7, and 6 and do two column notes for each.
3) Students need to log into Quizlet.com and search mrslecolst. Vocabulary for each chapter is available and students should be learning and practicing with the games.
4) Students need to log onto Khan Academy and Complete all Unit 5 "Political Participation" lectures and activities including the quizzes and unit test.
5) Students will complete Unit 5 Progress Check (MCQ and FRQs) on AP Classroom.

Unit 4 - Political Ideologies
1) Students will read chapter 16 and 17 and do two column notes.
2) Students need to complete all the sections of Khan Academy Unit 4 - Political Ideologies (Including quizzes and Unit test)
3) Students will complete progress checks for Unit 4 on AP Classroom.

Any student with questions can reach me at my school email address lecolste@lynnschools.org or elecolst@gmail.com.
Erin LeColst - Social Studies lecolste@lynnschools.org
1) Students are required to finish the "Parkland" text.

2) Students will keep a reading journal of each chapter that they read ( from chapter 10 to the end of the book). Journal will be a collection of personal reflections regarding the chapter. Students are not to summarize the chapters but to reflect on what they liked or did not like and share their thoughts. Entries should not be more than a page long.

3) Final reflection paper - Students will write a 2-3 page paper reflecting on the book. Paper will include a brief summary (no more than two paragraphs), and a then a written reflection of your personal feelings regarding the situation, politics, and students and the MFOL movement. Paper due upon return to school.

Students can get in touch with me through email.
Erin LeColst, Allison Gibbs, James Tidmarsh Govt. Grade 12
All Grade 12 Government Students:
We are continuing our education on the Executive Branch.
Topics to know: Roles of the President, the Executive Branch, President's foreign affairs policies, enumerated powers of the Executive Branch.
Concepts: Compare and Contrast the foreign policies of different Presidents and explain how they affected world affairs, economics, and war. Explain and trace the expansion of Presidential power from the foundation of the US government to the present day.
Themes: The Executive Branch Powers, Foreign Policy.
Chapter 5.1 - 5.4 (5.1: pg 200 - 206, 5.3: pg 211 - 223, 5.4: pg 224 - 229) cover the role of the Executive Branch and the individuals who work under this branch.
Chapter 6.4 (pg. 261 - 272) covers United States foreign policies over time, from the Revolutionary War up to present day issues.
Presidential Bios will give you an idea of the variety of men who have held office in the past and their ideas on domestic and foreign policies. Read and answer the questions related to the texts.
Third Quarter homework is two different speeches on foreign affairs. You will read George Washington's Farewell Address and Ronald Reagan's Tear Down This Wall speech, and answer questions related to the texts.
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